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ARE Welcomes Advocate for Honoring End-of-Life Wishes

Sunday, November 6th, 4-5:30 p.m. Barbara Mancini is an advocate for the dying, and a proponent of honoring end-of-life wishes and improving care. Her compelling presentation at First Unitarian on November 6th is based on the ordeal that she and her family experienced at the hands of the Pennsylvania criminal justice system. She puts her painful experience into the context of creating change around our society's approach to end-of-life issues and concerns. In 2013, Barbara was arrested and prosecuted on the charge of aiding an attempted suicide by her dying 93-year-old father after handing him his prescribed morphine just days before his death. He was hospitalized and treated in defiance of his end-of-life wishes. The police and hospice workers ignored his written advanced directives. Barbara's prosecution lasted a year, during which time it garnered national attention. She has appeared on TV's 60 Minutes and been interviewed on NPR. Since the case ended, she has traveled the country as an advocate for end-of-life choice, and she speaks eloquently about social and ethical implications regarding how people are allowed to die, including medical aid in dying. Barbara has been a nurse for over three decades. She has a Master's Degree in Burn, Emergency, and Trauma Nursing.